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Can Kanban and Scrum work together?

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Students and clients ask us “Can Kanban and Scrum work together?” all the time. The answer is an emphatic, “Of course!” However, what do you mean by “Kanban”?

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5 practices that help with agile software development

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Often we work harder in Scrum teams, but not necessarily smarter. Therefore the way we work has to change. Five tips for more effective agile work. As a technical Scrum Master and technical Agile Coach, I travel a lot with teams and accompany them on their adventures.

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How do you know you’re not involving stakeholders?

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This post is an excerpt from the book that we’re writing, the ‘ Zombie Scrum Survival Guide ’. It’s our way of delivering small increments and involving our stakeholders: you, the reader. So we’d love to hear your feedback, encouragements and wild ideas.

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Applying Scrum Patterns in Practice

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In my first article , I explained what Scrum Patterns are and why they could be useful for you in your transformation. The second article explained how to select the Scrum Patterns from the Pattern Languages. .

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Create Faster and More Accurate Forecasts using Probabilities

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The most important question to stakeholders is often “When can it be done?” There is a lot that goes into answering that seemingly simple question. What is involved in the work? What else are we doing? What risks are there? The questions go on and on.

Product Mindset: Encouraging Ownership in a Scrum Team

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TL; DR: Product Mindset and OWnership in Scrum Teams. There is one product, one Product Owner, one Product Backlog — a simple rule.

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Improving Sprint Retrospective with Scrum Patterns

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When Scrum Teams discuss too many problems during the Retrospective they may lose focus. That results in shallow decisions that barely scratch the surface. Teams are disappointed and lose faith in the Sprint Retrospective. Let’s see how to improve the event with the Scrum Patterns.

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Effective Stakeholder Management

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When it comes to Product Ownership, there are a couple of things that are essential to get the job done right. Effective stakeholder management is one of them!

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DoD EvoCycle 2.0 - A Simple Technique to Effectively Manage your Definition of "Done"

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A couple of month ago I wrote a small blog about the DoD EvoCycle. A simple technique that I use to help the Development Team take ownership in managing their Defnition of Done. As time passes I've mondified the DoD EvoCycle to make it simplier and more intuitive.

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BI Buyers Guide: Embedding Analytics in Your Software

The business intelligence market has exploded. And as the number of vendors grows, it gets harder to make sense of it all. Learn how to decide what features you need and get an evaluation framework for every technical and non-technical requirement you could imagine.

21 Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns

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TL; DR: Sprint Retrospective Anti-Patterns. What event could better embody Scrum’s principle of empiricism than the Sprint Retrospective?

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Systems Thinking, Episode #1 What are Wicked Problems and why should I care?

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In a series of blog posts, I want to share how you can use Systems Thinking to resolve complex problems. Systems Thinking aims at understanding and possibly solving complex problems. In this episode, I will focus on complex adaptive problems, also known as “Wicked Problems”.

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Koos Coach Comic: Actively doing nothing

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In my daily life as a Scrum Master, I witness many crazy situations. I want to share my experiences via this comic series featuring Koos Coach, the silly Scrum Master struggling to understand and master Scrum.

Collaboration by Examples

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Collaboration is key to solve complex problems. I’ve always suffered from the evident lack of collaboration between people. It’s professionally frustrating when you’ve experienced effective teamwork. ???? Article en français sur notre site web ????.

2019 State of Engineering Performance Management Report

More than 100 software leaders were asked how they manage and measure engineering performance. How do the findings stack up to your own experience? The report includes the top engineering challenges and the most used performance metrics.

How much autonomy should teams get from their agile leader?

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The agile movement really has changed the way we lead our people. Giving them more freedom and autonomy to do their job often improves the quality, productivity ánd happiness of the people.

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Planning an Adoption With Scrum Patterns

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How to start an Agile transformation? What are the initial steps? In this article I explain how transformations could be planned using Scrum Patterns and systems thinking. Study Organizational Context.

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Help them with the Why

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How many times a day are you walking into the conversation where people jump into discussing solutions that lead nowhere, lack a clear purpose for the people involved in the conversation, don’t make sense altogether without the additional “why” discussion?

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How to select Scrum Patterns

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In my earlier article , I explained what Scrum Patterns are and why they could be useful for you in your transformation. In this blog, I discuss how to select and use the Scrum Patterns from the Pattern Languages. Scrum Pattern Languages.

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Showcase, Show & Tell or Sprint Review.

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The topic of my blog today is another one that is common on client’s sites. The use of the terms Showcase, Show & Tell or Sprint Review. In this situation, there is likely to be a broad mix of people fulfilling the Scrum Master roles.

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Ten questions you might want to ask yourself about your Scrum

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I call myself a Scrum Caretaker. I aspire inspiring people using Scrum. I prefer sharing positive experiences and cases that demonstrate how amazing working with Scrum can be, what problems can be tackled and how, the level of excellence we can build into our products, how Scrum can engage people.

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The Scrum Master Role and The Four Agreements

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I recently read the book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. And I noticed strong correlations with what it takes to be an effective Scrum Master. I also see how some of these concepts show up throughout my Scrum Master: Grow 6-week online video course.

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Scrum Mastery Requires Humility: My New Year's Resolution

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. It’s that time again. The end of the year, where many of us take a step back to reflect on the year that will almost be over soon and create another new year resolution. Like many of you, I do the same. On my last year life retrospectives, I wrote about servant leadership.

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The Essential Guide to Building Analytic Applications

Embedding dashboards, reports, and analytics in an existing application presents some unique opportunities—and poses unique challenges—to software teams. Download this eBook to hear 16 product experts share insights on business intelligence, UI/UX, security, and everything that goes into building a successful application with analytics at its core.

Faking Agile Metrics or Cooking the Agile Books

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TL; DR: Faking Agile Metrics — An Eye-Opening Exercise. Imagine you’re a Scrum Master and the line manager of your team believes that the best sign for a successful agile transformation is a steady increase in the Scrum Team’s velocity.

The Product Owner and Scrum Master symbiosis

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Originally posted on www.debooij.training. Any Product Owner faces challenges in the organization that are not directly related to the content and value of the product.

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15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns

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TL; DR: 15 Sprint Review Anti-Patterns. Are we still on the right track? Answering this question in a collaborative effort of the Scrum Team as well as internal (and external) stakeholders is the purpose of the Sprint Review.

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Actual stakeholders? Or just your audience?

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This post is an excerpt from the book that we’re writing, the ‘Zombie Scrum Survival Guide’. It’s our way of delivering small increments and involving our stakeholders. So we’d love to hear your feedback, encouragements and wild ideas. You can also listen to us reading this post on our podcast.

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

What Really Causes Technical Debt?

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Advances in Technology, Maintenance & Updates are not Technical Debt. Although I am going to use the term technical debt in this discussion.

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Mind your language (if you want to be Agile)

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There are four key words in the first value of the Agile Manifesto: “ Individuals and their interactions over processes and tools ”. Most of us can spend countless hours debating the value of focusing on people and the dangers related to focusing on processes and tools.

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Agile Transformation with Liberating Structures

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Liberating Structures are a very popular toolkit for Scrum Masters these days. Conferences, trainings and meetings make heavy use of them. Of course Liberating Structures also find their way into the Scrum events, for very good reasons.

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Business Efficiency? Watch the Ball, not the Player

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In football, the team that wins is the one that gets the ball in the other team’s goal most times. Not the one that runs the most. What matters most is what is happening to the ball. So, we need to watch the ball, not the player. Business is no different.

The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics

By embedding predictive analytics, you can future-proof your application and give users sophisticated insights. The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics has everything you need to get started, including real-world examples, steps to build your models, and solutions to common data challenges.

Create A More Engaging Sprint Review With This String Of Liberating Structures

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Do you frequently find yourself in Sprint Reviews that only consist of a PowerPoint presentation? Or entirely without users, customers and other stakeholders present?

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Koos Coach comic: We need Scrum

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A comic series featuring Koos Coach, the silly Scrum Master struggling to understand and master Scrum. In this episode: Adopting Scrum involves a deep change in the mindset of people and cannot be taken lightheartedly.

The Zombie Scrum Survival Guide

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An article by Johannes Schartau , co-author of the Zombie Scrum Survival Guide. It was early 2008 when an Agile Coach sat alone in an office in Western Europe. The dim light of his desk lamp did its best to drive the evening’s gloom away. The man was lost in thought, puzzled by the day’s events.

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The Scrum Process Explained

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The Basics. Within the scrum process, there are eleven basic elements that make up the framework. 3 roles, 3 artifacts, and 5 events. Practitioners need to learn to apply and understand the principles behind these in order to obtain the full benefits of the scrum process.

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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.